It's Not Like Obama Had Reason To Think the GOP Would Be His Friends...
No, Rolling Stone interviewed him early in his presidency and he said he was fully aware their plan was to slow him down, stall him, block him. He knew full well.
He knew from the start they were going to block everything he did. A smart president, knowing that, would look at his solid majorities, write off the GOP, and move forward. But this appears not to be a smart president, because he kept trying to win them over; so focused was he on being the president of people who didn't vote for him too that he ended up being ONLY their president as far as his focus, but they didn't want him. He's George Costanza trying to win over that girlfriend of Jerry's that didn't like him. Obama: they were never going to like you, ever.
He was fully aware of this. He said so. And yet he gave them ground he never had to give them. And now he has none of his own. This is unforgivable political stupidity--especially from a Chicago politician. His opponents mention the city as a way of implying he's sleazy or corrupt. No, if this were a real Chicago politician, he would at least be effective. He would have bulldozed right past them. This man has no bone in his back.
And now all that time is wasted and gone. I don't care that it was lost to him. But it was lost, by him, to us. And he blames us? He actually can find the nerve for that, but not to even stop one single Republican senator from holding up all legislation from now till the election? Obama, they're fucking with you, and have been from the start, and I imagine they can't stop laughing at you and what an easy mark you turned out to be for the most unscrupulous political bullies in America.
We didn't fail Obama. He failed us. It's tragic. And we'll pay the price, not him.
Unless he continues to press overtly--one hopes it's not too late in the game--like this.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson